Martin Brodeur Injury: Updates on Devils Goalie's Back

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistFebruary 26, 2013

NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 24:  Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils looks on during their game against the Winnipeg Jets at the Prudential Center on February 24, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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It looks as if Martin Brodeur's back injury is a more serious than initially thought, but the Devils' goalie is making progress. 


UPDATE: Tuesday, Mar. 19, at 2:27 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

Brodeur is about to be thrown back into the fire. According to The Star-Ledger's Rich Chere the keeper will get the start in goal on Thursday:

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Mar. 19, at 11:14 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Great news for Devils fans as Martin Brodeur (back) has deemed himself healthy and ready to be backup goalie tonight, according to Star-Ledger's Rich Chere and The Record's Tom Gulitti.

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UPDATE: Monday, Mar. 18, at 12:30 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Following practice, Martin Brodeur spoke with reporters and shed light on his injury. The Record's Tom Gulitti and Star-Ledger's Rich Chere have the latest:

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UPDATE: Monday, Mar. 18, at 11:14 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Encouraging news for Devils fans as Martin Brodeur (back) is skating in practice this morning, the team announced on Twitter.

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UPDATE: Thursday, March 14, at 2:50 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Martin Brodeur is currently "day-to-day" according to New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer and hasn't been ruled out of Saturday's game against the Montreal Canadiens according to Devils beat reporter Tom Gulitti (via Twitter):


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UPDATE: Tuesday, March 12, at 2:50 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

It looks like Martin Brodeur should be returning to action sooner rather than later. Dan Rosen of has the latest:


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UPDATE: Wednesday, March 6, at 3:03 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

The Star-Ledger's Rich Chere passed along some quotes from Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello:


While the statements are a bit conflicting, Devils fans should still take some solace in the fact Lamoriello felt good enough about the situation to say Brodeur was improving. 

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UPDATE: Wednesday, March 6, at 1:20 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer says that Martin Brodeur's return from a back injury is "headed in the right direction" but that there is no timetable as to when the veteran goalkeeper will return to the team's lineup as of now (via the team's official Twitter account):

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According to theNew Jersey Devils' Twitter feed, the team placed the legendary goaltender on injured reserve with a retroactive date of Sunday:

Brodeur had missed his originally scheduled start against the Winnipeg Jets with a back issue, though he was initially listed as "day-to-day," per the Associated Press (h/t ESPN). By being placed on the injured reserve list, Brodeur will miss no fewer than the Devils' next two games before being eligible to return next Monday versus Toronto

Though the term "injured reserve" may carry some scary connotations, it seems this move is only precautionary. New Jersey general manager Lou Lamoriello indicated as much on Thursday to The Star-Ledger's Rich Chere.

"This is just a safety precaution," Lamoriello said. "It's a day to day situation. He's still feeling uncomfortable. It would be foolish to go X number of hours on a plane to Winnipeg."

Nonetheless, back injuries are always tough to navigate, so it will be interesting to see how long Brodeur sits out. Ever the ageless one, Brodeur is in the midst of yet another fine season, his 20th of NHL service.

The 40-year-old goaltender has a 8-2-3 record on the season with a 2.27 goals-against average, which would be his finest since 2009-10. He's largely seen as an overarching reason the Devils would be the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference if the season ended on Tuesday.


With Brodeur out of the lineup, Johan Hedberg will likely man the pipes for New Jersey, with AHL recall Keith Kinkaid sticking around as the backup. Both are more than capable replacements until Brodeur gets back, but the Devils are undoubtedly hopeful their longtime star will be back by next Monday.